App Store income 3.5x Google Play’s in December

By , Jan 31, 2013

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Examples keep appearing of how Apple is able to squeeze more revenue from its iPhone and iPad than rival Android. The latest data shows Apple’s App Store earned  3.5 times more  than Android’s Google Play in December. Did I mention this happened despite Google Play doubling its quarterly revenue? The reason, according to App Annie, is the iPhone 5 and iPad mini – both popular holiday gifts and natural driver of App Store sales…

Although no revenue numbers were released, the research firm said the App Store income grew  one-fifth between the third-quarter and the fourth-quarter of 2012.

App Annie (App Store vs Play Store revenue)

December was a record month for the App Store, revenue increasing by one-third, an increase topping the November to December 2012 figure. Apple has said it earned about $333 per month between June and December.

The report also noted that the U.S., Japan, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada  accounted for 60 percent of App Store revenue in the fourth quarter. China, however, is quickly climbing the chart, becoming the sixth most important revenue source for the App Store, behind Canada.

App Annie (App Store revenue)

Apple remains the most-downloaded App Store publisher while Electronic Arts leads monthly revenue, according to the research firm. We may see another boost similar to December next month, when Apple is expected to released a 128GB iPad 4.

App Annie (Google Play revenue)

Speaking to Bloomberg, App Annie researchers forecast that we’ll see more developers releasing cross-platform apps benefiting both Apple and Android.

But then again, we knew already that Apple users are willing to pay for quality while with Android, everything is more focused on the ad-driven freemium model.

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  • disqus_h92

    Not bad

  • seyss

    android is “clearly winning the war” huh schmidt?? hypocrite

  • http://twitter.com/Jackzzz99 Jack Wong

    By the way, Android has ~50% of the smartphone market right?

    Again, this is same as Louis Vuitton vs Nike.

    • http://twitter.com/Iphones_Lover Iphones Lover

      Android has 47 and apple has 53 thats the right figure….

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1600159663 Glorin Chiourea

        not to mention that its 1 device versus 3463634563 devices….

  • Dan

    Doesn’t help that most cheap android phones can’t run the worthwhile apps.

    • http://twitter.com/balducien Balduin

      Doesn’t help that there’s no cheap iPhone.

    • http://twitter.com/El_Barto_01 El Barto

      Or even if they can they won’t be able to run the next update if it ever comes to their phone model..

  • http://twitter.com/El_Barto_01 El Barto

    Well android is designed to make it easy for google to make money but people get it cause they can do many other things like install pirated apps, games and that’s sort of thing…google knows this and no matter what they do or say, they know that that is the main reason it is so successful around the world. People want free and without restrictions and limits it will be just like windows and its cracked programs. The. Bad thing is that developers that get bunt due to piracy will just not dedicate time to making a good app…that’s where apple shines and that’s why they have the best apps of any phone.

    • TriguyRN

      I don’t think people chose a phone or OS because of Pirated apps…..

      • http://twitter.com/sharbeen Sharbeen

        well people Who I know do. whoever had discuessed with me about which phone to buy everytime I said “iphone” they reply “but you have to pay for the apps” and then they end up buying android.